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Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

South Sudan corruption rampant, despite sacked ministers

Over the past few weeks, President Salva Kiir of South Sudan has made several controversial decisions that will mark the history of the two-year-old nation. In an already troubled political

Politics South and Central Asia

Balochistan Talks May Release Local Resource Wealth

Over the past month, Pakistan’s long-term, slow-burning Balochistan conflict has seen both continued violence and new rhetoric about possible peace deals. The newly elected provincial chief, Abdul Malik, a Baloch

Asia Pacific Politics

Party Corruption Plagues Nepal

According to the UK-based global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI), Nepal’s political parties rank among the most corrupt in the world.  TI’s ‘Global Corruption Barometer’, published earlier last week, based its results

Asia Pacific Politics

Japan’s Reform Opportunity Jeopardised by Militarism

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democrat Party (LDP) won an impressive electoral victory on July 22nd, earning a decisive majority in the upper house of the Japanese Diet. Of the 121 seats

Asia Pacific Politics

Part 2 of 2: Chinese Xenophobia in Singapore Rises

Part 2 of 2 of GRI’s look into the apparent contradictions in a specific form of rising Chinese xenophobia in Singapore. As explained in the first post of this two-part

Asia Pacific Politics

Part 1 of 2: Chinese Xenophobia in Singapore Rises

This two-part post will explain the apparent contradictions that arise from the particular form of xenophobia in Singapore, beginning with a broad look at the Chinese and Singaporean identities. In

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Morocco’s Government Begins to Unravel

On 10 July 2013, the Istiqlal party announced its spontaneous departure from the Moroccan government. As the second largest political party within the Moroccan parliament, forming part of the governing

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Coup or Not, Egypt’s Problem is the Economy

What happened in Egypt was not a coup; it was a popular uprising against an incompetent president, who failed to deliver what he promised over a year ago. He ruled

Politics South and Central Asia

5 Challenges for Russia on Sochi Winter Olympics

With the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics only half a year away, the games are facing a number of challenges from organizations within the Russian Federation, as well as from foreign

Latin America Politics

Ecuador’s Snowden Rhetoric Displays Leftist Solidarity

On 27 June, 2013, Ecuador’s Communications Secretary, Fernando Alvarado, announced the decision to “reversibly” revoke the renewal of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPA), a 1991 trade